19 years, thousands of shows, hundreds of thousands of albums sold, and countless fans: Teapacks selected to represent the state of Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest
Teapacks has been selected to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Finland's capital city of Helsinki in May 2007. Teapacks was formed in 1988, after Gal Pereman and Kobi Oz met at a Kibbutz in southern Israel. The two began playing Kobi's original songs, and were later joined by musicians from local Kibbutzim and the city of Sderot.
The band consists of 7 members:
Kobi Oz - lyricist, composer, music producer, and lead singer; Gal Peremen - bass, Rami Yosifov - guitar and mandolin; Meir Amar (a.k.a BIG M) - computer programming and sound effects; Motti Yoseff on drums; Dani Aberjel on guitar; and Noam Yankelevich on keyboards and accordion.
Up until now, the band has released seven albums, a movie soundtrack, one EP, and a greatest hits collection which collectively have sold over 300,000 copies. Two Teapacks albums received the Israeli Platinum award for sales above 40,000 units, and four received Gold status for sales above 20,000 units - considered a great achievement in the relatively tiny State of Israel. Over the years their singles have received regular radio play, often climbing to the top of the Israeli charts. Teapacks have has been named “Band of the Year” numerous times by various Israeli media outlets.
Teapacks has collaborated in the studio and onstage with many other artists, including: Sarit Hadad, Shiri Maimon (both of whom represented Israel at Eurovision in previous years), The Israeli Andalusian Band, the internationally renowned Israeli rap group Hadag Nahash, and more...
To this day, the band has performed thousands of shows - in concert halls, festivals, and a host of high-profile events in Israel and around the world.
In the 90's, Teapacks successfully increased awareness of Middle Eastern Levantine music and legitimized it, allowing it to be considered worthy of heavy rotation on Israeli radio.
More about the Israeli groupHebrew folk music. Rock mixed with ethnic elements, rap rhymes and pop choruses. Arabic and East European music, blended with a live disco ambiance. Tel Aviv sophistication and a North African temperament, infused with Israeli humor and Jewish chutzpa.
Teapacks is known for its contribution to deepening social awareness in Israel. Their lyrics bring daily situations from the Israeli street into public consciousness, inspiring considerable identification among their audiences. Teapacks is guaranteed to move your butt, tickle your feet, mess with your mind, and touch your heart.
Complete Album Credits1992: Shvil Klipot Hagarinim (“The Trail of Sunflower Seed Husks”)1993: Ha’acharon Ba’asiron Hatachton- (“The Last in the Lower Class”)1995: Hachayim Shelcha B’laffa (“Your Life in a Laffa” )1996: Original Soundtrack “Klavim Lo Novchim B’yarok” (“Dogs are Colorblind”)1997: Neshika Ladod (“Kiss Your Uncle”)1998: Ha’etzev Avar Lagur Kan EP (“Sadness Moved In Here”)1999: Disco Menayek
2001: Yoshvim B’veit Kafeh (“Sitting in a Coffee Shop”)2003: Kol Halehitim (“All the Hits”)2006: Radio/Musika/Ivrit (“Radio/Music/Hebrew”)